Elder Abuse at UCI Town Center
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Published on Dec 5, 2012
A well-dressed man is busted in a con while picking up his elderly mother after forcing her to beg for money for several hours in the cold. This event occurred at the UCI Town Center shopping center (4100 Campus Drive, Irvine, CA 92612).
I first observed the elderly women at 11:00 PM outside of "Cha for Tea" coffee shop. It was a cold evening, 55 degrees. Here sat a very old Asian women (possibly in her 80's) with white hair in a wheelchair holding a sign that said simply "HELP ME."
I asked her for her name, and how I could help her. She said her name was Cathy, and she asked for money because she had been homeless for six months. This was part of some type of a scam because she was not homeless, her son picks her up every evening in a very nice Toyota Prius!!
She appeared to have signs of disability (perhaps mental illness) based on her rambling speech. A nearby UCI Town Center security guard (young Caucasian male in his early 20's) said that she is often dropped off there by her son, who drives a silver Toyota Prius. He then picks her up later in the evening. The security guard said this has been going on for "years."
A google search for "cathy uci wheelchair" reveals at least three references to an old asian women begging for money from a wheelchair. The dates of these articles and references to the UCI Town Center reveal that this has been going on since April 9th, 2011.
April 9th, 2011
"I could not anticipate the even more insane twist at the end of the day, when her son got in my face with a camera and threatened me with all kinds of legal action."
October 25th, 2011
"the old asian woman in the wheelchair in UTC is there every damn day"
May 15th, 2012
"here was an elderly woman in a wheelchair begging out in the center. I thought that Social Security is supposed to help people her age and in her physical condition so they don't have to beg."
(see 3rd comment in this review of the UCI Town Center http://www.yelp.com/biz/university-to... )
I decided to wait and see if the security guard's story was true, and at 2:00 AM, a Toyota Prius pulled up next to the old lady and out stepped a well dressed 6'0" tall Asian male. He approached her and proceeded to wheel her over to the passenger side of the car.
This video picks it up from there. The guy could be nuts because he starts shouting about Wells Fargo bank and the funny thing is he attempts to name drop the chief of police and the district attorney.
It is my hope that justice will be done for this old and disabled lady. If she is part of this scam and not a victim then this is even harder to believe.
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